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A credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful
applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations,
diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only
does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it
also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with
bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.
The interface is
similar to that of MS Office, and even advanced Office users will find
almost everything they're used to: templates, collaborative features
(versions, recording changes), macros, and even a programming language.
OOo, as it's known, lets you open and save documents in formats as
diverse as MS Office formats, PDF, HTML, and XML. It can also import
files from those formats, as well as WordPerfect and others. However,
it normally saves files in the open-standard Oasis OpenDocument XML
format, for maximum compatibility with other applications.
OpenOffice.org 3 contains all the office software you need, in one single
package. You don't have to worry which version to install: one installation
program provides everything. The installation also includes features which
some expensive rivals do not - for example, the ability to create .pdf files
when you want to guarantee what the recipient sees on their computer.
For people used to other office software, OpenOffice.org 3 is a pleasant surprise.
It's so straightforward! Studies have proved it is easier (and cheaper) to move
to OpenOffice.org 3 from Microsoft Office than it is to upgrade to Microsoft's
latest Office 2007. Because OpenOffice.org is one piece of software, everything
works consistently between applications.